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The Grand Wazoo

Frank Zappa

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After being shoved off a stage and into an orchestral pit and suffering injuries that kept him off his feet for some time, Frank Zappa disbanded that edition of the Mothers of Invention and went to work on several albums of jazz-fusion that followed in the tradition of the excellent Hot Rats. First up was Waka/ Jawaka in July,1972 and the even better The Grand Wazoo appeared in December. The original vinyl release switched the order of the first two tracks, with the 1995 re-master asserting that the correct order begins with the thirteen-minute title track. Enough cannot be said about the high level of musicianship that Zappa demanded and received from his extensive list of players. Ernie Watts takes a brilliant solo for "Cleetus Awreetus Awrightus," however, the steadying hands of keyboardist George Duke go a long way towards making this album the masterwork that it is. Duke is Zappa's perfect foil and it's his sensitive electric piano on "Eat That Question" and his keys elsewhere that sets the tone for Zappa's inspired conducting of this grand orchestra.

Customer Reviews

The KING returns

A definite MUST HAVE for any Frank Zappa fan.

Fantastic Album!

Great Fusion/Big band album. It is a necessity for any Zappa fan, and a great album to start off your Zappa collection (or "Conceptual Continuity as I call it). It's FZ at his best!

Great but...

This is a great album that everyone should own and listen to but I can't help but notice that the song order is different - songs 1 and 2 are reversed. I wonder if this is intentional on the part of the Zappa family or is this just wrong… Zappa fans and purists like myself want to know.

Biography

Born: December 21, 1940 in Baltimore, MD

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Composer, guitarist, singer, and bandleader Frank Zappa was a singular musical figure during a performing and recording career that lasted from the 1960s to the '90s. His disparate influences included doo wop music and avant-garde classical music; although he led groups that could be called rock & roll bands for much of his career, he used them to create a hybrid style that bordered on jazz and complicated, modern serious music, sometimes inducing orchestras to play along. As if his music were...
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